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The Summer of 2013 was Busy for The Tobacco Free Partnership of Marion County!

The Marion County Tobacco Free Partnership has been very active during the first quarter of the new fiscal year.

Rep Ted Yoho
From L to R: SWAT Youth Miles Field, Marion County SWAT Coordinator Jessie King,
U.S. Representative Ted Yoho, and Youth Tobacco Prevention Educator Bill Cousins.

Over the summer, we spoke with elected officials and local civic groups and met a lot of new people at a variety of health fairs and educational events who have added their voices and experience to our cause.  Here are a few of the activities we participated in:  Belleview Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Presentation, Jordan Court Apartments Tobacco Education, Break the Silence on Violence Community Outreach Event in Silver Springs Shores, PACE Center for Girls Tobacco Education, Dunnellon Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp Tobacco Education, Heritage Oaks Apartments of Ocala Tobacco Education, Parkside Apartments Community Health Fair, Ocala Rotary Club luncheon presentation, PACE Center for Girls Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (congrats on the beautiful new location in downtown Ocala’s Madison Commons!), Congressman Yoho’s Town Hall meeting in Dunnellon, and Marion County Public School District’s Annual Wellness Conference presentation.

Pace Center
PACE Center for Girls Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, August 27, 2013

Manette Cheshareck, the Marion County Tobacco Prevention Specialist, remained an active partner in several community organizations, attending regular meetings of the Marion County Children’s Alliance, Community Council Against Substance Abuse, Mental Wellness Coalition, Chamber and Economic Partnership’s Nonprofit Businesses, Department of Juvenile Justice Council, Family Violence Prevention Workgroup, and the Cancer Alliance of Marion County. 

We also had some of our Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) youth out in the community along with Tobacco Free Partnership members putting faces with the anti-tobacco work being done on behalf of Tobacco Free Florida and Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation.  You can read more about our youth-led efforts in this article on our local SWAT program.

Educating our community about tobacco policy changes that are needed, as well as keeping everyone up to date on tobacco research and the latest trends in youth and adult tobacco use, are vital components of our work and we have tremendous support from our community in Marion County.  A big “Thank You” to all of our partners and advocates! 

We welcome everyone to our monthly Tobacco Free Partnership meetings, which are held on the 4th Monday from 3:30-5pm at the United Way’s Bonnie Heath Community Room (1401 NE 2nd St., behind The Cascades).  We look forward to upcoming events and another productive year towards stronger tobacco free policies and norms in Marion County.

For more information, contact the Tobacco Free Partnership at